Tuesday, 11 May 2021
Monday, 10 May 2021
Rukia filmed this video of Stevie and some of her younger "brothers" at Happy House washing one of the school vehicles during the spring holiday. She says: "Since they are at home they can help with different chores which are easy for them but at the same time they are really enjoying themselves and learning how different things are done. " All thanks to our Mama Sue or teaching us the good things in life and at the same time loving us. "We love her back."
Sunday, 9 May 2021
There was a special treat for our children thanks to a very kind sponsor. They sent a donation for Mama Sue to buy something the children would enjoy as a treat before they return to school after the holidays. Mama chose delicious wafer biscuits, not something the kids would normally have, but something they really enjoy. We are so lucky to have such great friends who do so much to make life at the Happy House such a wonderful experience for our children.
Saturday, 8 May 2021
Getting a family of almost 60 children ready to go back to school is a tall order! But at Happy House, Mama Sue and her team are used to meeting every challenge. Next week, our children will be returning to school after a seven week spring break. And quite a number of them were in need of new shoes after growing out of either their school or sports shoes (or both). We do hand down where we can, provided outgrown clothes and footwear are still wearable, but there is always some that is just beyond repair! So here Mama Sue is with the children and their new shoes to tell you what was needed and to say thank you to everyone who supports us.
Friday, 7 May 2021
It is wonderful to watch our children at Happy House growing up. For those who sponsor a child, seeing their special little friend on the blog is always special. And we also notice how they change, Edward used to be so shy when he spoke on a video, but now he has so much more confidence when he faces the camera. Well done Edward, you and your friends are a joy to watch.
Thursday, 6 May 2021
From student to teacher - that's our Happy House Nasri. Not so long ago Nasri was given a chance of an education when he was given a scholarship to Happy House School, having missed out on so much because he grandmother, with whom he lived, couldn't afford the costs of sending him to any school. Living in poverty, she struggled to put food on the table and as much as she wanted to fulfil Nasri's hopes of a schooling she couldn't manage to pay. Now, having finished his secondary education, he is working as a teaching assistant the computer suite at our Happy House School whilst also studying an online university course in IT management. He's a great role model for our children and during the holidays he's been helping them to learn more about using a computer and its component parts.
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
With Kenya schools reopening next week after a seven-week break, Happy House is busy getting ready to welcome back its students. Mama Sue is holding meetings with teachers from every department to prepare for the new term. And as she tells us, her focus is on positive thinking - allowing the children to think for themselves and make their own decisions. We also hear from head teacher, Mr Paul, and school consultant, Mr Joseph, on what makes Happy House such a special place to teach and be taught.
Tuesday, 4 May 2021
In this blog from Happy House we join John who is leading an exercise programme for the rest of the kids. And they're all really enjoying the keep fit routines he has put together. Our children are healthy, bright and alert because of what they eat plus the exercises that they do. It’s great that they can help each other, in the way that John is here, as exercise is so important to them as they grow.
Monday, 3 May 2021
Mama Sue inspires them to be polite, kind and smart. And for the girls that means keeping their hair in neat braids which are done , for a small fee, in by local women in their village "salons." Before they go, the girls help each other to unplait the current braids before washing their hair. Diana presents this video
Sunday, 2 May 2021
They all love using computers, but it's important that they know how they work too. Mr Christone, our computer teacher, took some of the children to school to show them the intricacies of the inside of a computer and to teach them about the Central Processing Unit.
Saturday, 1 May 2021
Friday, 30 April 2021
Table tennis is the latest game to be enjoyed by our children at Happy House. Mama Sue thought it would be something they'd enjoy and which as well as being a new activity would be good for hand-eye coordination for the younger children. As Diana tells us, they are queuing up to have a game!
Thursday, 29 April 2021
Happy House kids are delighted to be back in sports training. The training stopped when the children returned to school after many months off because of the pandemic. They chose to concentrate on learning and preparing for examinations. Now they are on seven weeks school holidays they are back in training for soccer, volleyball and basketball. Morphin and Saidi are super-keen soccer players and absolutely thrilled!
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Tuesday, 27 April 2021
As with all large families (and we, at Happy House, are larger than most) every item of clothing is worn and washed until it wears out! And even when it is no longer fit for wearing we always need cloths for cleaning, so nothing is thrown way until it is absolutely useless. So all those lovely friends who have made shorts for our little boys can be sure they've been well worn and well loved, but now they have seen out their lives and we needed new ones. We had material that also been kindly donated and Mama Sue asked our machinist, Auntie Constance, to use it to make new shorts which are boys are delighted to model for you. Thanks to everyone who supports us, your kindness is so appreciated.
Monday, 26 April 2021
Sunday, 25 April 2021
Members of our Happy House family grow up taking a pride in their surroundings. They love their home and its grounds and want it to look its best, so helping to keep it neat and tidy is something they are happy to do. In this video we join Florence and Priscilla and their team of garden helpers who have been checking the grounds to pick up any bits of litter or debris they might find. Our children all know to use bins for any "takataka" (litter) so their mission should not be to difficult, but, inevitably, some blows in from outside and there are bits of garden debris to clear up
Saturday, 24 April 2021
We Are the World is a favourite song for Husna and Purity. Written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and released by the supergroup USA for Africa. The 1985 song was produced to help raise money for famine relief in Africa, and was remade again in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti. Here the two songbirds sing an extract.
Friday, 23 April 2021
Thursday, 22 April 2021
Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
As our lockdown eases a little in the UK, other countries where our Happy House has also has very good friends are in the grip of tight restrictions.
To our children, living in their own big bubble and on a long school holiday, are pretty much unaffected by the Covid 19 pandemic although very much aware of it, the need for strict hygiene procedures and "keeping safe".
But they think of their sponsors and friends. Here is a message from Morphin which he hopes will make you smile.
Monday, 19 April 2021
Sunday, 18 April 2021
Our younger children at Happy House enjoy a game of bat and ball in this video. Being a part of a big family like our own means they always have someone to play with and they soon learn to take turns and to share - vital lessons in life! Esther presents this video.
Saturday, 17 April 2021
We meet Edward and friends in the garden today where they are tending the pumpkin patch. Pumpkin soup is a favourite on our Happy House menu.
Friday, 16 April 2021
Thursday, 15 April 2021
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
One of our smallest Happy House kids has a very special incentive to stop sucking his finger. Emmanuel, known to all the family as Oh-Oh, has such a habit of sucking his finger that he's made it sore. When he's toddled into Mama Sue's office, Oh-Oh has always been keen to cuddle Mama's little blue teddy bear, Horace, so Mama thought that offering him the chance to take Horace to bed with him might work as a way to put a stop to the finger sucking. And so far, it has!
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Monday, 12 April 2021
Sunday, 11 April 2021
Trimming back trees in the garden at the Happy House brings a bonus. As you know, we don't let anything that can be used go to waste and wood lopped off the trees has been collected up and is ready to use as firewood in our outside kitchen. Most of the meals are cooked there and fuel is always needed. Here, Tumaini tells us more.
Saturday, 10 April 2021
Friday, 9 April 2021
Birthday party VIPs, Papa Dave and Evans, had the very pleasant task of handing out hoody bags to every Happy House child. Everyone had worked so hard to make their birthdays special that the bags of sweets were well deserved. And they went down a treat!
Thursday, 8 April 2021
Wednesday, 7 April 2021
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Monday, 5 April 2021
Two birthdays, one party! At Happy House we are very good at celebrating special events and so Papa Dave's birthday and Evans' 21st falling on almost the same day was the perfect reason to party. Our youngsters have spent weeks planning the activities, making decorations and masks, ready for the big day. Papa Dave, Mama's constant love and support, is much loved by our family and Evans, who has grown up a Happy House kid, is also loved by all his "brothers and sisters" and a very good role model! As with any event at Happy House, the party started with a prayer of thanksgiving said by Mama Sue.
Sunday, 4 April 2021
Easter Sunday is a a time for joy and celebration and some of our children at Happy House have united in song - especially for you. Evans, who recorded the video, says: "You are very special friends and you mean a lot to their lives. " It’s nice to know that there is somebody, beyond Happy House, who is there for you and who supports you because it boosts your confidence and your way of doing things. "We wish you a Happy Easter."
Saturday, 3 April 2021
The decorations are up and everyone is ready to party/ Today is the the day the Happy House family will be celebrating Papa Dave's birthday along with the 21st birthday of Evans. Evans has grown up in our family and we are very proud of the young man he has become. Here some of the children are featured during preparations for today.
Friday, 2 April 2021
Papa Dave and some of our Happy House children visited Blue Marmalade supermarket in Watamu to say a very big thank you. Blue Marmalade had ordered perishable good specially for holidaymakers due to visit but now, because, of restrictions many of them have had to cancel their Easter vacations abroad. So very kindly the proprietor has very kindly donated the surplus good to Happy House to help feed our family. We are so very grateful and our children are thrilled! Thank you. We hope it won't be too long before people are able to travel once again and enjoy holidays in beautiful Watamu.
Thursday, 1 April 2021
Happy House plans for a joint birthday party for Papa Dave and for Evans, who will be 21, are now in the final stages. The children have arranged a programme of activities and entertainment, the menu is organised and at at the weekend they were busy making masks and decorations to go with the animal theme.
Wednesday, 31 March 2021
Some of the bedrooms at Happy House are being smartened up with some fresh paint. Mama Sue likes to ensure that any maintenance work is done as soon as it is practically possibly. With so many children in our family the wear and tear is immense but we want their home to be smart and comfortable. Uncle Ibrahim has been busy painting the bedrooms and revarnishing the woodwork in the children's bedrooms and he is featured in this video introduced by Edward. None of our work is possible without your support, it is because of your generosity and love for the family Mama Sue is able to do all these things.
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
It's a big day for two very special members of our Happy House family next weekend. Mama Sue and the kids are putting on a birthday party to celebrate the birthdays of our beloved Papa Dave and of Evans, one of the first children to come into our care back in 2010, who will be 21 in April. The party will be at Mama and Papa's house and it will have an animal theme. The kids have been busy party planning and here some of the boys are searching the internet for ideas for masks they can make.
Monday, 29 March 2021
Auntie Janet has become a valued member of our family at the Happy House since joining our staff in eight years ago.
Sunday, 28 March 2021
Happy House School has broken up for Easter - for a seven week holiday! With the children only back in school a short time, after an interruption of months because of the pandemic, Mama Sue is keen for the children living in our care, to keep up with their learning. So the home-school, so popular and successful during lockdown, will be brought back for the duration of the holidays. Here Husna tells us a bit more about their holiday timetable, which is a balance of lessons and fun. It's going to be a busy break with lots of exciting things to do